Universal Exercise Units

Benefits of the Cage

Promotes stability, balance and control

Promotes self-confidence

These steel units have three framed walls and a top, resembling a cage. They are referred to as the Spider Cage and the Monkey Cage, depending on usage.

The Universal Exercise Units are based on therapeutic principles developed over many years and are now successfully integrated into intensive physical therapy. It helps children with neurological dysfunction achieve real and lasting improvement.

The Spider Cage

The Spider Cage is effective in providing physical therapy for children with disabilities while providing the effects of mechanical forces that interact with our neuromuscular system. This allows the brain to give a desired response while sitting, standing and balancing. The child is aided by eight bungee cords, which give him or her the ability to maintain postures that can’t be achieved independently.  The bungees are attached to a belt on the child’s waist, resembling the eight legs of a spider, hence the name “Spider Cage.”

The physical therapist facilitates different movement patterns and sensory input to allow the child to generate a normal response. As the child’s neuromuscular system gains more control, the assistance is progressively decreased.

The Monkey Cage

The Monkey Cage is the same as the Spider Cage, with the addition of a table or another flat surface. The child is assisted in different patterns to normalize posture or tone or to facilitate muscular isolation. Depending on the child’s needs, legs and/or arms are placed in slings suspended by bungee cords, sometimes giving the appearance of a monkey, hence the name “Monkey Cage.”  


We customize movements according to the child’s needs and condition.

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